BUILDING BRIDGES: Creating Strong Connections Between Characters
Most fiction, regardless of genre, revolves around a connection between characters. Mismatched police officers who form a got-your-back partnership, a boy and his dog, disparate teenagers brought together for a common cause – the bond that forms between them is the glue to hold their story together.
Successful romance stories, especially, revolve around the connection that forms between the heroine and her hero, leaving the reader believing that this couple will survive any obstacles they encounter after the story ends to stay together for a lifetime. What are some steps to building those connections?
Bestselling romance writer Gina Wilkins will talk about some of the tools she and her favorite authors employ when building relationships between their characters.
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11/25: Gina Williams, Building Believable Characters
Dec: Christmas Dinner; Time and place to be announced
1/27/14: Cara Bookins, Young Adult Fiction
2/24/14: Brad Mooy, Arkansas Literary Festival
3/24/14: Pat Oplinger, Poetry
4/28/14: Practice for L'Audible Art
May: L'Audible Art
June: Wrap Up
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The Critique meets at the Chamber of Commerce (West Gate) on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2:30.
Material for the critique is usually 2,000 words or less, emailed in .pdf format to all members of the group by the end of the week before the meeting.
Critiques are intended to be constructive and helpful, always focused on the work, not the writer. Copy editing/formatting aid is usually done beforehand on the material and brought to the meeting, but not discussed in any detail.
Oral critique usually concerns plot, characterization, reader interest, etc.
A list of critique group members is not currently available for posting.
Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. -- Samuel Johnson
There are just three rules for writing -- but nobody knows what they are. -- Somerset Maugham
Cut out all the exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald